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Frequently Asked Questions

Notice: 

Albion Street Group Practice and Park Medical Practice have now merged and  become one business partnership, with both practices continuing to operate from two sites as now.  Patients of either practice will still be able to access all their usual services at their normal practice, and should continue to attend their registered GP.

This will be discussed again at the next patient participation group meetings in each practice.  If you have any questions why don’t you attend.

Dates of future Patient Group meetings: 

Tuesday 30th July 6:30

Thursday 7th November 2pm

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.

 

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

 
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